Some random facts about me; I hate to write. I can't spell. I never journal. So, why blog? Well, as many of you know or will soon come to know, my life has taken quite the turn in the past months. My heart is on the mends, although, will never be completely whole again. Therefore, I am constantly looking for ways to comfort this ache. Over these past months, reading other blogs exclaiming stories about life, death, random facts, daily encounters and simple pleasures, have somehow tended to my aching heart and have allowed me to experience small moments of joy. Blogging has allowed our world to capture a small (although sometimes quite large) glimpse into another ones life, creating a thrill that is addictive and slightly contagious! My blog will hopefully nurture that thrill in hopes to offer you a 'front row seat' into my journey through this crazy experience called, life. Life, in the essence of what gives, breaths and sustains. Maybe my blogging will one day attribute to caring for another ones aching heart.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

37 and counting...

I came across this, very appropriate and timely picture today, and was once again re-assured for making the BEST career change EVER in becoming a Guidance Counselor!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Open and ready for Business

The dove came to him toward evenng , and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive branch.  So, Noah knew that the flood water was abated from the earth.... to flourish on the Earth - Genesis 8:11

Once the flood waters had subsided Noah sent a dove to bring back any sign of new life.  The dove returned with an olive branch in its mouth, symbolizing new life and bringing hope to Noah and his family.

This story brings me hope as well.  The hope in seeing my sister again.  My sister passed away in 2009 after being killled in a car accident.

The proceeds from my shop, 'The Olive Branch' will be used to bring HOPE and LFE to those in need.

*Current Need*

Help bring a child home to her family, check out their story by clicking on the following link;

*All April/May/June proceeds will be used to help bring Emery Lin home*

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Our little vaca to sunny california

Last weekend Eric and I had the privilege to attend the wedding ceremony of my dear friend, Beka Malloy.  A few months back you may remember the trip I made to San Francisco to support Beka in her fight with Leukemia... you can view pics from that trip here:
Beka is currently in remission, praise God!

Beka Malloy and I met when we were 3 years old, living just down the street from one another.  Our family's instantly became friends.  The Brown family lived down the street as well and also had a 3 year old daughter named Emily.  Emily, Beka and I grew up together, doing all the fun things little girls do together. 

Although, in 1992, the Malloy family moved to Northern VA, yet this did not put an end to our friendships, it only created opportunities to visit one another!  Our mom's remained close as well, making an effort to gather their neighborhood lady friends and visit the Malloy's at least once a year!  They really are a true testament to living out what it takes to stay in touch with your most dearest friends!

This past June, Beka and Emily with their families attended our wedding ceremony.  What a blessing it was to have some of my oldest, most dearest friends support me on such an important day for Eric and I.

Last weekend, it was Beka's turn to get hitched :)  Emily and I with our families traveled to beautiful Santa Barbara, California (where the Malloy family currently resides) to celebrate the wedding ceremony of Beka and Ryan! 

The day was BEAUTIFUL and Beka made a stunning bride.  One of the neatest things about the day was seeing all 5 of us original neighborhood families sitting together as friends, 25 years later, celebrating and supporting one another.  I really did grow up in the best neighborhood ever, what a HUGE blessing!

They had a HUGE wedding party just as we did, so much FUN! 

The wedding took place it the quaint town of Solvang, just north of downtown Santa Barbara, on the cutest ranch.  So the wedding had a bit of a western feel :)

Neighborhood friends 25 years later...

We had fun spending a few days with my parents

Since the wedding was a plane ride away, we decided to make a little vaca out of the trip. After the wedding Eric and I spent a few extra days in Santa Barbara and LA.  We LOVE Santa Barbara, and at times even caught ourselves envisioning our life there.  Maybe some day :)

We LOVED getting our morning coffee from this adorable coffee shop!

We made our way down the Pacific Coast Highway and made sure to hit all the hot spots!

Shopping in Santa Monica :)

 A stroll down Venice Beach (aka Freak Show)

Of course we could not skip a visit to Hollywood, Eric Loved that ;)

And it would not have been a complete trip without seeing this beautiful family, the Freeman's!  This may have been one of last times seeing them for quite sometime as they  embark on their own adventure this summer, as they are moving to Taiwan.

What a great trip.  I LOVE traveling with Eric.  He is the man of my dreams and I will not take a day having him in my life for granted.  One of things I love most about him is his desire to see the world, as it has been a desire of mine as well.  In just the 2 short years of being with him we have managed to travel quite a few places together, including the following; Senegal West Africa, St. Lucia, the West Coast, and almost the entire East Coast... I can not wait to see all the places God will continue to take us!  

Next stop: ITALY, Summer 2011!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

april 7th.

Today is the 7th.

 I wanted to text you so bad today sister, the funniest thing happened.  I even grabbed my phone and opened it...I know I know, I still do that sometimes.

So, instead I looked down at this pic of you, which sits on the dashboard of my car, and I smiled, secretly hoping you had seen what had occurred, but knowing you were in a far better place...  

I  miss your beautiful life.

I miss not having you here.
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